"Dear Tony ... under our EU treaty obligations, signed and agreed to without the consent of the British people, citizens from the other 26 Member States of the EU are allowed 'free movement' within the EU to reside, work and travel.
If you cannot manage the simple task (where you are actually supplied the information of convictions) of alerting the Police when a Briton has been convicted abroad then how on earth can you monitor people with criminal convictions from other EU Member States ... who travel, live and work here? This quite unbelievable state of affairs makes a mockery of our Sex Offenders Register."
- Remember, there are no requirements for any EU national to do anything other than show a Passport or ID Card when he comes into this country. Do you expect a convicted sex offender from another EU country to voluntarily place themselves on the Register?
- Remember, do you know if any of the other 26 Member States has a Sex Offenders Register? Lat year the BBC reported 'EU criminals' freedom to roam.' Check the report out here
- Remember, Home Office estimates for the numbers that would take advantage of the Free Movement of People once the accession countries joined in 2004 were around 13,500. They were wrong by a factor of 50 !!! ... and that is only the ones who registered for work.
- Remember, 430m people have the right to live and work here should they so wish. Restrictions were discussed in 2003 but this was prior to the Free Movement of People. Read the discussion in the Commons here where concerns were raised here and in the Lords here
A country called Europe has been created without ever gaining the consent of the people. History will remember this as the greatest ever political deception.
Shortly I will be releasing the questions that were asked of the Minister 8 months ago ...along with the Press Release ... and the response from the Under Secretary of State, Joan Ryan which will prove that John Reid and the Home Office is fully aware that they have no control whatsoever.A time bomb waiting to go off. Let us hope that it is not the murder of children that will bring the politicians to their senses and expose what they have all been party to ... it is essential that every one of the Members of Parliament is made to understand what the potential human consequences of our membership of the EU could be.
PM defends Home Office in convict controversy
10 January 2007
Tony Blair has spoken about reports that records of crimes committed abroad by British residents were not inputted into the police database.
Some criminals may have been cleared to work with vulnerable people in the UK after committing serious crimes overseas, police chiefs have claimed.
Responding to a question at Prime Minister's Question Time, the PM admitted there was backlog of cases caused by incomplete information.
Mr Blair told MPs:
"All the people for whom there is sufficient information are on the Police National Computer.
"But those who are part of the backlog of cases, where the information was delivered to us, when it was only voluntary, not compulsory, there may be some of those for whom there is insufficient information. That is not the fault of the Home Office."
Home Secretary John Reid told the Commons he had met the President of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the chief executive of the Criminal Records Bureau, explaining: "I have asked ACPO to ensure that every one of the most serious offenders that they have identified and on whom there is sufficient information has now been entered on the Police National Computer. I have been given that assurance."
The Permanent Secretary at the Home Office will now set up an inquiry into the Home Office's handling of these notifications, he said:
"This will include: a chronology of events; the practices and procedures in place at different times, whether appropriate action was taken; and the lessons to be learned."
Further Information and Commentary:
Open Europe: The Free Movement Directive here
Guardian: Bid to Curb Paedophile Sex Tourists here
The Tayside Courier: A spokesman for Tayside Police said, “A local police force will endeavour to obtain information relating to any previous offences of any accused, whether a UK or EU citizen, or indeed from a country outwith the European Union.
“This can be straightforward, at times problematic, and on occasions extremely difficult, depending on the country of origin.” ...but is only after a crime has been committed!
Home Office Consultation Paper on the Review of Part 1 of the Sex Offenders Act 1997: here ... this Paper was published in July 2001 and higlighted the problem then, way before the mass movement westwards post May 1st 2004
"the free movement of citizens within the EU adds a further layer of complexity. Passport controls on EU citizens entering the UK are now minimal."
"Where it was known that they (a convicted sex offender) had committed a serious sex offence, they could, depending on the serious nature of the offence, be refused entry but this would be more difficult in the case of citizens of EU countries, who do not need to complete landing cards before entry."
Daily Mail 22nd November 2006 "A blunder for which we'll all pay the price" by Sir Andrew Green here